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underlining vs interfacing

MarieCurie | Posted in General Discussion on

I have a fabulous designer pattern (vogue 1037) I’m planning in pink wool crepe for Easter.  This is a leap of faith since it’s -10 degrees this morning and the snow drifts are taller than me.  The pattern calls for fusible knit interfacing under the front and collar.  I will underline the entire garment in silk organza, but will I need fusible interfacing in addition, or will the underlining provide enough support by itself?

Maybe I should make it in red wool gaberdine instead.  Either way, I will wear it until I die. 


  1. starzoe | | #1

    Have you noticed in another thread about a wool suit with puckers caused by iron-on interfacing? Your fabric is wool as well and lightweight to boot and if you are going to use interfacing at all it might be a good idea to use the non-iron-on type.

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    ThreadKoe | | #2

    Underlining and interfacing are two different things, serving two different purposes.Underlining is a second fabric added to the face fabric to support and work with the face fabric to add body and weight, reduce sheerness, and becomes one with the face fabric.Interfacing is a support and stabilizing fabric within the construction of the garment. It is added in specific areas to stabilize areas, add body for shaping, stiffen areas for crispness, and hold the shape of areas that may distort.Even tho you may underline a garment, you still need to use shaping and stabilizing (interfacing). The interfacing you use may change depending on the hand of the underlined face fabric. As this is a fine wool garment, the interfacing you choose will depend a lot on the style. You need to sample several types of interfacing on underlined scraps and then choose what works for you with your fabric.
    Some people are comfortable and work well with the iron on interfacings. Some of us are not. Personal preference. Kathleen Fascenella (sp) on her blog Fashion Incubator has been giving me a lot to think about in reference to my feelings about iron on interfacing. I still do not like them, but my experience with them is poor, so I have avoided them. They are supposed to be better now. How would I know, if I have avoided using them????? She has more experience, and likes them.
    You might find that just another layer of the organza as interfacing is enough as well. You need to try several kinds to get the stabilization and crispness required for the collar and facings for the garment. I hope this is the info you needed. Cathy

  3. sewingkmulkey | | #3

    I ditto the comments of Starzoe and Threadkoe.


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